by Dylan Goodman

Final preparations are underway for the seventh Body and Soul Festival, to be hosted on the grounds of Ballinlough Estate from the 17th-19th of June. Festival-goers can expect to see a huge variety of entertainment, including theatre acts, spoken word, holistic escapes, debates, comedy, lots and lots of food and of course, heaps of music.

There’s a strong Irish presence on the Body and Soul stage this year, alongside the pick of European and worldwide acts. Trad supergroup The Gloaming are headlining at dusk on Friday, also taking to the stage are pop and R&B artist Santigold, deep house producer St. Germain, R&B producer Hudson Mohawke, electronic duo Optimo, alt-rock trio Bleeding Heart Pigeons, alt-rockers Mercury Rev and R&B artists from the West of Ireland Rusangano Family.

The real intrigue for Body and Soul goers is the number of niches and nooks and small stages available to be explored, including the Wonderlust stage, The Vodafone Comedy Tent with headliners The Rubberbandits, ‘Midsummer Nights with Absolut’, and 2 brand new spaces, Second Nature and the Reckless in Love Arena.Second Nature is a pocket of peace among the oaks, including The Sanctuary, an area for workshops and pampering treatments , the Solas Bath House, The Light House Cinema, The Pagoda Stage and Arbutus Yarns, with nature-based art installations and theatre. The Reckless in Love Arena is dedicated to Body and Souls favourite music collectives, Mother,

Second Nature is a pocket of peace among the oaks, including The Sanctuary, an area for workshops and pampering treatments , the Solas Bath House, The Light House Cinema, The Pagoda Stage and Arbutus Yarns, with nature-based art installations and theatre. The Reckless in Love Arena is dedicated to Body and Souls favourite music collectives, Mother, Home beat and Hidden Agenda. Just one of the many things to look forward to at this year’s Body and Soul.